Pros and Cons of Heat Pumps Vs. Furnaces

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When you are choosing between a furnace and a heat pump for your home’s heating system, it helps to know the pros and cons of each choice. This will help you determine which one is best for you and your home's needs. It will also help show you why one is the better option for your home than the other.

People are typically more familiar with a furnace than they are with a heat pump. This is probably why people tend to gravitate towards having a furnace installed as their heating system instead of a heat pump. A furnace is also a more traditional heating system and has been around longer than heat pumps, which is also why people tend to choose it more often.

What are Heat Pumps and What is a Furnace?

To understand why one is better than the other for your heating needs, you first need to know what each heating system is and how they work. Furnaces are traditional heating systems and radiate heat into your home the old-fashioned way, which is with heat that is generated by the system through the burning of a fuel such as oil, gas, or even wood. Heat pumps, on the other hand, do not generate or create their own heat but rather transfer heat from one area to another, much like an air conditioner would, but only in reverse.

With this in mind, you should note that heat pumps are ideal only in places that have mild winters while furnaces are great for areas that are known to have really harsh cold seasons. This should tell you which heating system should work best with your home. Since the homes in Boston, Middlesex and Suffolk County Areas can suffer harsh winters, you will need to choose between these two options.

  • For efficiency, heat pumps are considered more energy or fuel efficient than furnaces, but newer furnace models are beginning to show improvements over older ones.
  • For installation costs, installing a heat pump is cheaper than installing a furnace. This is because furnaces need ductwork while heat pumps don’t.
  • For effectiveness, if the weather is really cold, a furnace trumps a heat pump since it can create its own heat while the other has to rely on heat it can transfer from the outside to the inside.
  • For maintenance, a furnace is lower maintenance than a heat pump since it has fewer running parts. It is also used only a few months of the year, which lowers its usage time as compared with a heat pump, which sometimes doubles as an air conditioning system.

Whichever heating system you choose to have installed, you will need to find a reputable company that can tell you exactly what kind of system is best for your home. Bright Star Heating is the company to trust with this. We are a company that has been serving the Greater Boston Area for more than 4 decades and we make your comfort our priority. We can help you decide which heating system is best for your home when you contact us at 978-233-3656 and schedule a free inspection and estimate.

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